VOYA, October 2016 (Vol. 39, No. 4) – Deanne Boyer
In Another Miserable Love Song, Kallie Echo does not have a lot going for her in life. After her father’s death several months ago, Kallie is running a losing race against homelessness. When her friend Jamie convinces her to sing for her band, Kallie becomes the new darling of the local music scene. As Kallie begins to steal the show as “Misery Girl,” she discovers how her pain dissipates through expressing it in music.This book is made up of short chapters, rapid plot development, and a high-interest story line. The writing is easy to understand with simple vocabulary, but loses nothing in complexity of plot and development of characters. The book deals with a hard-hitting issue in a way that is realistic and relatable. Carter has written a well-crafted engaging book that is also a great choice for reluctant readers. The title would be good choices for a middle-school or high-school library, as well as a public library setting. (Orca Soundings) Reviewer: Deanne Boyer; Ages 12 to 18.
I’m so pleased that I will be at SiWC (Surrey International Writers’ Conference) on Saturday, October 22, to take part in the book signing event. I will be with my fellow authors signing books from 5:30-7pm in the Fraser Room. Come on out to meet your favourite authors and presenters and get your books signed. The book signing is a free event!
On Saturday Sept. 17 I held the book launch for Another Miserable Love Song at the Black Bond Books in Haney Place Mall. I was nervous. Would anyone come? Would we sell any books? Would I be able to speak or would my nerves get the better of me? You know what? I had a fantastic time!
It helped a lot that the folks at Black Bond Books are experts at hand-selling books, and they’d managed to convince several lovely readers to come to the launch. So not only was I able to sell more books and sign them, I was able to meet people WHO HAD ACTUALLY READ THE BOOK! I can’t tell you how amazing that was to have people walk up to me an talk to me about the book.
It was particularly moving when a trans youth approached me to discuss the themes of the novel and it was very touching to find out that it had meant a great deal to them.
The best part…
The best part of the day (apart from the yummy sugar cookies supplied by The Haney Bakery) was when a group of local students came to the launch with their librarian. They all bought books, got them signed, and entered to win prizes from the raffle.
I was so pleased at the end of the launch when the teens won the guitar (supplied by G&G Music), the Pride-themed book bundle (supplied by Orca Book Publishers), and the I Love Rock & Roll sign (supplied by What’s Your Sign? Canada). Another lucky reader won a $50 gift card (supplied by Carter Litigation) and promptly used it to buy a copy of fellow Orca author Robin Stevenson‘s non-fiction book, PRIDE.
It was an amazing day made possible by friends, family, readers, supporters, local media, and of course the great folks at Black Bond.
I can’t wait until LEARNING SEVENTEEN comes out in 2018 — I hope they’ll have me back for another launch!
Yesterday was a huge milestone for me. It was publication day for ANOTHER MISERABLE LOVE SONG! Finally, I have a published novel for young adults in the world, and I’m so excited to hear from people who have read the book, and I’m even more excited to get to work on my upcoming projects!
The official launch is still coming on Sept. 17 from 1-3pm at Black Bond in Maple Ridge, and I’ll be signing books at Langley Chapters on Sept. 24 from 1-3pm and also at Book Warehouse Main Street in Vancouver on Sept. 28 from 7-9pm.
I want to thank everyone who bought an advance copy, and I hope you enjoy reading it!